Elliott Francis | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 Contributors

Elliott Francis

Weekend News Anchor

Francis has worked alongside some of the most influential media executives in the U.S. during his 25 years as a news anchor, including FOX News President and chairman, Roger Ailes, former CNN Executive Vice President Ed Turner, and the founder and former CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, John H. Johnson. In 2002, shortly after joining the ABC news affiliate in Washington DC (WJLA-TV) as the morning co-anchor, Francis was thrust into the rigors of live, non-stop coverage of the DC sniper shootings and investigation, sometimes speaking 8-9 hours unscripted. A skilled interviewer, Francis once convinced Singer John Denver to go "on-camera" with details of his upcoming DUI trial.

Francis is currently a weekend anchor/reporter for WAMU.

Francis is also a 'Rescue' level PADI certified SCUBA diver, a private pilot (student) and a lifelong aviation enthusiast.


Articles Written by Elliott Francis

WAMU 88.5
Health officials in Maryland are warning residents to exercise caution in and around a popular lake in Rockville. Lake Needwood is a 75-acre reservoir just east of Redland Road. in Rockville. Earlier, this month, testing revealed elevated levels of microcystin, a toxic substance produced by a species of blue-green algae. The toxin can cause harm to the liver of humans and pe...
WAMU 88.5
Two Montgomery County Police officers are under investigation following a fatal shooting in Silver Spring. The officer involved shooting began when witnesses called Montgomery County police to report a man trespassing in Silver Spring. Police say when they arrived at the Capitol One Bank in the 8700 block of Arlis Street just before noon yesterday, the suspect was ...
WAMU 88.5
In Maryland, an officer-involved shooting has left one man dead following a bank disturbance in Silver Spring. Witnesses called Montgomery County police to report a man acting erratically inside the Capital One bank in the 8700 block of Arliss Street in Silver Spring. Police say when they arrived just before noon, the unidentified man was in a back office of the ba...
WAMU 88.5
In Maryland, the plan for a $925 million MGM casino and hotel in Prince George's County has been approved. The county's district council voted 8-1 in favor of the casino at National Harbor. Officials at MGM say they're now ready to begin construction of the resort and hotel as early as next month. The vote comes one week after a final hearing on the proposal in which some re...
WAMU 88.5
Convicted Army private Chelsea Manning can get initial treatment for gender re-assignment from the military. The decision comes after the Bureau of Prisons rejected the Army's request to accept her transfer from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility. The initial treatments could allow Manning to wear female undergarments along with receiving hormone tre...
WAMU 88.5
.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } ...
WAMU 88.5
The Prince George's County Council is delaying a decision on whether to bring an MGM casino to National Harbor. The $925 million casino needs the approval of the council before construction can begin. Supporters hope the 23-acre casino will turn into an economic bonanza fo...
WAMU 88.5
The federal government has decided not to use a vacant building in Westminster, Maryland, to temporarily house immigrant children who've crossed the U.S. border from Central America. Over the weekend, Westminster Mayor Kevin Utz says he received a "heads up" via email from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The message stated the feds were considering using a ...
WAMU 88.5
Memorial services for former Prince George’s County Executive Wayne Curry are set to begin later today. Curry's body will lay in state in the first floor lobby of the Prince George’s County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro later today. Public viewing hours are from 9:20 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Chur...
WAMU 88.5
There are very few clues surrounding the murder of a woman found dead in her home in Alexandria, Virginia during the holiday weekend — the third killing in the city this year. Asabech Abayneh lived with her sister in an apartment in the 5600 block of Derby Court in Alexandria. It was her sister who reportedly found the 43-year old dead in bed early on the morning of July 4...
WAMU 88.5
An annual report has given Maryland's Assateague State Park's beach a "superstar'" rating for water quality. The Natural Resources Defense Council reports Assateague was among 35 popular beaches across the country that reached the group's standard for meeting federal safe-swimming guidelines in at least 98 percent of water samples since 2009. The survey ranked Mary...
WAMU 88.5
A cadet has been charged with stealing drugs and money from the Baltimore County Police department's evidence room. Twenty-year-old Nicholas Ishmael of Parkville was arrested at headquarters. Officers say he was carrying $40,000 in cash in a backpack when he was taken into custody. Ishmael is charged with 10 offenses, including theft and possession with intent to ...
WAMU 88.5
A man from Virginia's Fairfax County has been cited by police after trying to bring a loaded gun through security at Dulles International. A spokesperson with the TSA says officers detected the handgun with five rounds of ammunition in the man's carry-on bag. Airport police confiscated the weapon and he was cited on a state weapons charge. The agency says passenge...
WAMU 88.5
Some patrons of the National Zoo have stiffened their spines after officials closed the popular Invertebrate Exhibit during the weekend. Dennis Kelly, the zoo's director, says the 27-year-old exhibit was closed permanently Saturday due to mounting costs. The exhibit, which was housed in the basement of the reptile exhibit, needs $5 million dollars in upgrades that the zoo c...
WAMU 88.5
In Maryland, a new report is shedding light on why some Montgomery County residents may be getting particularly high water bills. Montgomery county resident John Ashdam’s quarterly residential water bill can average around $250. Ashdam says in the first quarter of this year he received a bill higher than he'd ever seen before. "$681.05 — I said, 'Wow!'" Ashdam ...
WAMU 88.5
.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } ...
WAMU 88.5
Montgomery County’s nearly $5 billion budget goes into effect July 1 with a spending plan that was both hailed and criticized for its creative approach. Among other things, the county’s new budget increases funding for road repair, education and even libraries. The school system was fully funded $51 million over the state mandated minimum with the help of what some consi...
WAMU 88.5
A man has confessed to setting off a series of "bottle bombs" at five movie theaters in Virginia and Maryland. The series of explosions began on the weekend of May 17 when two of the caustic devices went off inside the lobby of the Tysons Corner 16 movie theater. A week later, police were called for a similar explosion at the same location just hours after a bottle bomb deto...
WAMU 88.5
Virginia is letting anglers fish without a license for free next weekend. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries are allowing sportsmen and women to fish between June 6 and June 8, no holds barred. No fishing license of any kind will be required for recreational saltwater rod and reel fishing during free fishing da...
WAMU 88.5
Officials say that for the second time in a week someone set off a bottle bomb at a movie theater complex in Fairfax County, leading to the evacuation of the theater but no injuries. Fairfax County fire officials say the latest incident happened around 2 a.m. Sunday at the AMC Tysons Corner 16 movie theater. The device exploded near theater number one toward the end of a sho...